Notes: The 2005-2007 Pathfinder appears to have a widespread defect where coolant leaks into the transmission, causing transmission failure around 90,000 miles. Repair costs are typically upwards of $3,500.

According to the New York Times & a class action lawsuit, the defect actually extends through 2010 model year. More info here.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,610 miles

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder fuel system problems

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #38

Dec 012010

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 77,000 miles


2005 Nissan Pathfinder. Faulty fuel gauge. Shows empty and low fuel light on when it is really a full tank. This started off slowly and gradually. It would work when I first filled it up and then about half a tank it would stop working right. Then it just completely quit working at all and the low fuel light stays on all the time now. I have to write down my mileage and try to get gas every 300 or so miles, very much annoying!

- Olin, NC, USA

problem #37

Dec 282010


  • 108,000 miles
Fuel sending unit failed causing fuel gauge to improperly showing correct fuel levels. Possible chance of running out of fuel due to incorrect readings. And causing the vehicle to stall and cause a dangerous situations on the road or to others safety.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #36

Nov 142007

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 62,355 miles
Fuel sending unit failed causing fuel gauge to improperly showing correct fuel levels. Possible chance of running out of fuel due to incorrect readings. And causing the vehicle to stall and cause a dangerous situations on the road or to others safety.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #35

Nov 302009

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 71,086 miles


2005 Nissan Pathfinder fuel level sensor needs to be replaced, diagnostics done after on going problem and called Nissan after Nissan sent out extended warranty that I cannot use as it will not cover my truck for replacing this part. (over $72K mileage but under 72 month) they admitted in this extended warranty that this is a problem with some Pathfinders. I called about this issue back in may of 2010 only to be told that I can pay for this replacement of this part and if there is a recall I can submit my invoice for reimbursement. Recently when I called about the extended warranty, because I am over the mileage and I have had my vehicle for almost 6 years, I was passed off to Consumer Affairs, and was told I would be reimbursed for the diagnostics if it in fact did come back that it is the fuel sending unit. So, $128 later I was told I would not be reimbursed for the diagnostics and they would only pay $250(this does not include the labor at which I am expected to pay out of pocket) of about a $600 replacement of a bad part! I have been writing my gas mileage down for 58 weeks now, as this problem started at 71086 miles. I brought this to the attention of the consumer rep only to be told that because it wasn't diagnosed 58 weeks ago they will only pay $250, even though this problem has been the same problem for 58 weeks, no matter if the diagnostics was done then or now. There is quite a forum on edmond' for this issue as this has been an ongoing problem and even though the part number for this fuel sending unit is the same as the 06 Pathfinders- Nissan will not recall the 05's and fix this issue, but they did recall 06's.

- Mickleton, NJ, USA

problem #34

Nov 162010

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 102,600 miles
My 2005 Nissan Pathfinder started stalling last week. I would be driving on the highway and it would just go dead making it near impossible to turn the steering wheel. I was towed to the Nissan dealership whom informed me it was an ipdm issue which was in the process of a recall.I informed them I was strapped for money being it was a 700 dollar job. They said chances were it would be covered. It was not covered! I was informed by their consumer affair people if there was infact a recall I may be notified for reimbursement. I have found on numerous sites that it is recalled but because I did not receive a letter it is not their problem. This is not the first issue I've had with Nissan. A fuel sensor issue was found and they covered nothing telling me it was not a safety issue. I was out of warranty so tough luck. Another $377 bucks. Please investigate Nissan practices. I will never trust the Nissan name again.

- Woodstock, GA, USA

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problem #33

Jun 052010

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 61,362 miles
Details: Vehicles fuel system is faulty. I noticed that the gas gauge reads empty after having a full tank of gas, additionally the digital "distance to empty" display does not work properly. At times the low gas indicator will be displayed even after I filled the tank up. I have been in two different situations where I ran out of gas on the highway thinking that I had enough gas for my journey. This is a major safety hazard. Nissan replaced the parts on 2006 & 2007 vehicles but refuse to replace my 2005 device quoting that it has high miles and out of warranty.

- Ellington, CT, USA

problem #32

Aug 182010

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles


I have a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder, as I was on the interstate, the car just died and the same almost happened to me! the fuel sensor went out so couldn't find out the fuel levels, then it stalled out as I was driving!! I had to replace the whole fuel pump, but I am lucky to be alive and want this to be a 2005 recall!

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #31

May 192010


  • 85,000 miles
I own a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder SE, which I bought used. After a few months and at 85, 000 miles the "check engine light" came on my father-in-law, mechanic, checked it and said it was the fuel level sensor. It causes my dte (miles left to drive based on fuel load) to not work properly and sometimes my light comes on indication low fuel when it is half full. I was also told that it would not pass the emission testing because of this problem. I called Nissan and they said I had to repair it on my own since I have no warranty. To top it off aside form the sensor that needs replaced another part connected to it also needs to be replaced. From estimates I have been getting it will cost me between $379-$500 to fix. I researched and found over 300 complaints on the following website I hope Nissan does a major recall and not let its consumers down. This may be the last Nissan I buy.

- Sun City, CA, USA

problem #30

Aug 122010


  • 98,000 miles
My 2005 Nissan Pathfinder had a bad fuel sensor. Upon calling the dealer, they gave me the Nissan Consumer Affairs number to call stating that although my vehicle wasn't recalled for it they fixed others with Nissan covering the expense. When I called I was told I had to get it repaired at the dealership to possibly be reimbursed after the repair was made. I did what they said and they refused my claim stating it did not fall under the recall. I paid twice the amount at the dealer then I would have at a regular mechanic.the service manager was so sure it would be covered as he had another vehicle with the same issue not on the recall list and they approved that truck! the regional specialist was snippy and would not let me speak to her supervisor. I'm disgusted and asking that you check into the integrity as a company. Do they lead you to believe you might get help just so you go to their service? I hate Nissan and will never buy another!

- Woodstock, GA, USA

problem #29

Mar 282009


  • 55,000 miles
There has been a recall on fuel level sensors for a few of the Nissan cars and trucks. Unfortunately my 2005 Pathfinder is not covered... my ses light is on and I can't pass the emissions test to get my tags renewed. This is obviously an issue with Nissan on this particular part. I constantly show empty and have run out of gas on occasion. I just paid 125 dollars for Nissan to tell me what was wrong with my car and that it would cost 700 to fix it. I wouldn't have a problem fixing it, if there wasn't thousands of people with the same issue. It is a problem and Nissan needs to stand up and make it right.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #28

Jul 042010


  • 120,000 miles


2005 Nissan Pathfinder faulty fuel gauge. Showed half full, vehicle stalled in roadway. Gauge fluctuates. Shows full, then empty. Check engine light on...brought to dealer advised 'fuel sender' unit code error. After researching on the internet, discovered a recall for years 2006 and newer. Very concerned the recall #10V-075 did not cover 2005 years. I am very frustrated due to the safety issue of my vehicle running out of gas due to a Nissan faulty fuel gauge/sending unit. 2005 Pathfinder appears to be one of the worst reliable years Nissan has produced the Pathfinder.....but 2005 was not part of the recall"?? why"

- Lutherville Timonium, MD, USA

problem #27

Jul 152010


  • 70,000 miles
2005 Nissan Pathfinder's everywhere have a fuel sensor issue. The check engine light was on and I could feel the truck struggle. I went to auto zone to get this checked and they stated that this is due to the fuel level sensor. When putting gas sometimes this shows empty and sometime shows full. If the gas were to run out I could have an accident and my children can be seriously hurt. This is very costly and can run 300-400 dollars this needs to be recalled asap.

- Irving , TX, USA

problem #26

Apr 032010

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 59,100 miles
Recently there has been a recall on the 2006 and 2008 Nissan frontier, xterra, and Pathfinders about how the molded fuel tank shells can deform, causing the fuel sender float arm to contact an embossment molded into the tank shell causing the instrument panel fuel gauge to show that the vehicle has approximately one quarter tank when the fuel tank is empty. This has happen to number times except I have a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder, which has the same identical part in the 2006. This happens to me everytime when the fuel gauge reaches a little below the half way mark. It reads it has about 100 some off miles until empty. When I get up for work in the morning the and start the vehicle the fuel gauge needle goes below empty and the fuel gauge lites up. I feel since the 2006 and 2008 has been recalled and its happening to my 2005 model also, that it needs to be put on the recall list.

- Leavenworth, KS, USA

problem #25

Jan 012007


  • 45,000 miles
Fuel gauge not working properly on 05' Nissan Pathfinder. Recall on all other 05'-09' Nissan, but Pathfinders. Fuel gauge not reading correctly. Can have full tank and reads empty. Now have to work off of mileage. Have no idea how much gas I really have. Engine light has been on since gauge stopped working. Dealership said $400 for new part, not including labor. Gauge has been working improperly for at least 3 yrs. Now. No warranty for this.

- Powell, OH, USA

problem #24

May 222010

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
I have a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder le that also have a fuel sending unit problem. Nissan recall 2006 and up what happen to the 2005 they are the same model now I have pay out of my pocket. Stick to our american cars and trucks.

- Bridgeport, CT, USA

problem #23

Oct 012009

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
2005 Nissan Pathfinder ipdm failed in the middle of traffic at 70 mph with no warning. Lost all power and left family stranded on side of the road. Had car towed home then to Nissan where they admitted alot of same problems with other 2005 Pathfinders. Now fuel sensor failed on Pathfinder which Nissan has recalled for 2006-2008 Pathfinders for same reason but not 2005 Pathfinders with same problems. Car is almost 5 years old and has had 4 batteries and has left us stranded 6 times all for electrical issues that are posted on the internet as a huge consumer problem with Pathfinders someone is going to get hurt or killed in a Nissan unless government takes a look at these problems. All internet postings are regarding same issues ipdm module and the fuel level sensor. Please help!

- Odessa, TX, USA

problem #22

Feb 062008


  • 52,000 miles
I have a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder le. 52,000 miles. With transmission trouble. It vibrates at speeds of 45-50 mph. Water in the transmission due to a leaking radiator which leaks into the transmission and ruins it. Gas gauge that doesn't work properly.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #21

Mar 102010

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
I have a 2005 Pathfinder that is having fuel level sensor problems. At 1/4 a tank the service light comes on with a code P0463 sensor failed. I also states 0 on my dte when it is 1/2 full. I know a recall is being done for 2006 and newer but not the 2005's. it is the same issue and feel 2005's also need to be included in this recall. I have 54,000 miles on my truck. I have the service light reset and it still goes back on at 1/4 tank of gas.

- Maple Grove, MN, USA

problem #20

Jul 142009


  • 49,014 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the fuel gauge and the odometer displayed incorrect readings. The fuel sending unit was replaced at an authorized dealer and the contact noticed no failures since the vehicle was repaired. She felt that the problem was a safety issue and wanted to report that the other vehicles were not included in recall 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline, storage auxiliary tank) also experienced the failure. The failure mileage was 49,014. The current mileage was approximately 55,440.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #19

Feb 252010


  • 80,000 miles
I have a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder & experiencing the same fuel sensor issues the recall is addressing but starting with 2006 models. This just started around 80K a month ago, but now is unsafe for to drive alone at night with my infant child. The "dte" first started flashing around 100 mile dte.....then the service engine soon light came on for good. Now, I fill up and the gauge does not move at all and always has a warning light on. How I am supposed to tell how much gas I have? this is a $500 fix that I should not have to pay for, especially since my 2005 model is the exact same vehicle as the 2006 that was included in the recall. Please help as there seems to be hundreds of 2005 Nissan Pathfinder owners with this same problem.

- Deatsville, AL, USA

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